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Windows Server 2016 is the successor to Windows Server 2012 R2. Built upon the same core code as Windows 10, Windows Server 2016 brings enhancements in security, servicing, and connectivity. A particular focus on this release was hybrid-cloud scenarios, and has close ties to Azure and other Microsoft cloud initiatives. This does not detract from the many improvements that are available for on-premises-only deployments

Windows Server 2016 comes in Datacenter, Standard, and Essentials editions, and for servicing, has adopted windows 10's cumulative model. The new nano-server install is designed to be remotely managed and is designed to be kept current through continuous feature updates. The full GUI install operates similarly to windows 10's "Long Term Servicing Branch" (LTSB) model with cumulative security updates.

Windows Server 2016 has also shifted from a per-processor-and-CAL licensing model to a per-core-and CAL licensing model. This brings Windows Server's licensing more in line with Microsoft's other products and makes hybrid-cloud license planning easier as well.

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400TB Disaggregate Cluster
Herein one will find an aggregate of some of my experience building and deploying virtualization stacks both in standalone, clustered Hyper-V, clustered Hyper-V with a Scale-Out File Server (SOFS) backend, and Storage Spaces Direct (S2D).
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Creating Active Directory Users from a Text File
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Creating Active Directory Users from a Text File

If your organization has a need to mass-create AD user accounts, watch this video to see how its done without the need for scripting or other unnecessary complexities.

Windows Server 2003 introduced persistent Volume Shadow Copies and made 2003 a must-do upgrade. Since then, it's been a must-implement feature for all servers doing any kind of file sharing.
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Can the separate VSS volume drive be excluded from the VM backup ?
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That depends on your backup software.  It's not necessary to backup.  If you restored the data drive and not the VSS backup drive, then you wouldn't have VSS copies from the past.
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In previous parts of this Nano Server deployment series, we learned how to create, deploy and configure Nano Server as a Hyper-V host. In this part, we will look for a clustering option. We will create a Hyper-V cluster of 3 Nano Server host nodes with Storage Spaces Direct on it.
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Previously, on our Nano Server Deployment series, we've created a new nano server image and deployed it on a physical server in part 2. Now we will go through configuration.
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Optimized for private cloud infrastructures and datacenters, Nano Server is minimalistic, yet super-efficient, OS for services such as Hyper-V and Hyper-V cluster. Learn how you can easily deploy Nano Server and unlock its power!
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Nano Server Creation
Optimized for private cloud infrastructures and datacenters, Nano Server is minimalistic, yet super-efficient, OS for services such as Hyper-V and Hyper-V cluster. Learn how you can easily deploy Nano Server and unlock its power!
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The Nano Server Image Builder helps you create a custom Nano Server image and bootable USB media with the aid of a graphical interface. Based on the inputs you provide, it generates images for deployment and creates reusable PowerShell scripts that allow you to create installations of Nano Server.
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Acronis code screen
In the market for a new backup solution for Windows Server 2016? Follow these guidelines to get the most bang for your buck.
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VMware Tools
In this article, I will show you HOW TO: Install VMware Tools for Windows on a VMware Windows virtual machine on a VMware vSphere Hypervisor 6.5 (ESXi 6.5) Host Server, using the VMware Host Client. The virtual machine has Windows Server 2016 installed.
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A procedure for exporting installed hotfix details of remote computers using powershell
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Thanks for sharing !
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What does it mean to be "Always On"?
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What does it mean to be "Always On"?

Is your cloud always on? With an Always On cloud you won't have to worry about downtime for maintenance or software application code updates, ensuring that your bottom line isn't affected.

Windows Server 2016
In this article, I will show you HOW TO: Create your first Windows Virtual Machine on a VMware vSphere Hypervisor 6.5 (ESXi 6.5) Host Server, the Windows OS we will install is Windows Server 2016.
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Hi,

I'm trying to connect a virtual machine (on ESXi 6) to Internet. I have seen most people can do it just with install vmware tools, but it doesn't work for me. Can you help me to configure it? I have an ESXi 6 server and I have two Vmachines (ubuntu and windows), neither of them are connected to Internet. Windows VM has a dhcp configuration (I'm not sure if it's ok, I supouse vStwich gives Internet...) How do I have to configure the vm? or the server? or the vSwitch?
Thanks
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@Mary r, please post a new question to the VMware topic area, and myself or other Experts will be glad to assist.
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Storage Spaces Cluster JBOD
The following article is comprised of the pearls we have garnered deploying virtualization solutions since Virtual Server 2005 and subsequent 2008 RTM+ Hyper-V in standalone and clustered environments.
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Windows Server 2016

814

Solutions

802

Contributors

Windows Server 2016 is the successor to Windows Server 2012 R2. Built upon the same core code as Windows 10, Windows Server 2016 brings enhancements in security, servicing, and connectivity. A particular focus on this release was hybrid-cloud scenarios, and has close ties to Azure and other Microsoft cloud initiatives. This does not detract from the many improvements that are available for on-premises-only deployments

Windows Server 2016 comes in Datacenter, Standard, and Essentials editions, and for servicing, has adopted windows 10's cumulative model. The new nano-server install is designed to be remotely managed and is designed to be kept current through continuous feature updates. The full GUI install operates similarly to windows 10's "Long Term Servicing Branch" (LTSB) model with cumulative security updates.

Windows Server 2016 has also shifted from a per-processor-and-CAL licensing model to a per-core-and CAL licensing model. This brings Windows Server's licensing more in line with Microsoft's other products and makes hybrid-cloud license planning easier as well.